More than 1,000 chess players from across the city flooded Central Park for Chess in the School’s 15th annual Chess in the Park tournament this past Saturday. The event, which is the largest outdoor chess tournament in New York City, was attended by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who presented Chess in the Schools with a proclamation.
The high-profile tournament served as the culmination of Chess in the School’s first annual Chess Week – a weeklong celebration of chess that included several different activities and events focused on Chess in the Schools’ work and role as the leader in chess and chess education in New York City.
Speaker Mark-Viverito watched on as players of all ages and ratings battled it out in hopes of winning their respective competition groups.
“Extra-curricular activities such as these provide young New Yorkers a chance to not only become strong students, but well-rounded individuals,” she said. “Chess is also a family activity that parents and children can learn and enjoy together. I thank Chess in Schools for investing in and cultivating the city’s next generation of thinkers, leaders, and innovators.”
Yoswein New York has proudly represented Chess in the Schools for a number of years and has had the opportunity to work with the organization to bring chess education programming to tens of thousands of New York City public school students each year.